Tark Classic: Day Four

Cheick Diallo

LAS VEGAS - Stanley Johnson and Elijah Brown led Mater Dei to a blowout win over Bishop Montgomery in the championship game, while Cheick Diallo continued to prove himself as a high level prospect in the final day of the Tarkanian Classic.

Dakarai Allen, SF, Sheldon: Allen did it all in a tight win against Redondo Union. He was aggressively attacking the rim from buzzer to buzzer, and usually either scored the points or got to the charity stripe. He tallied up some steals and blocks on defense – including some big ones down the stretch – and had some nice drive and dishes to teammates for assists. Allen hit a step-back jumper from about 15-feet out that helped seal the game for his team. Few players on the West Coast impact the game in as many areas that Allen does and he scored 34 points in his final game of the tournament.

Billy Garrett, SG, Morgan Park: The shots weren't always falling for Garrett, but he did a good job playing hard throughout the game. When Garrett was aggressive and attacked the basket he made things happen, either getting to the line, scoring a lay-up or finding an open teammate for an assist.

Kyle Davis, SG, Morgan Park: Davis had been concentrating on getting to the hoop all event and Saturday was no different. He would take his defender off the dribble and either go to the rim or draw the double and find the open man for the assists. When he was able to go left he was tough to stay in front of.

Elijah Brown, SG, Mater Dei: Brown had a terrific week at the Tark Classic and if not for a teammate playing just a notch above, he would have been the tournament MVP. His pull-up jumper was on again from both midrange and three, but his floater continues to drop as well, which has completely changed the way you have to guard him. Brown was never that much of a threat to drive more than a step or two before, but now that he'll take his opponent off the dribble and smoothly drop in a floater, he's much tougher to defend. Credit Brown for taking his game to the next level.

Michael Nzei, PF, Our Savior New American: Nzei really helped his team on Saturday against Morgan Park. He positioned himself well around the basket and was able to convert whenever he got the ball inside. He played unselfish basketball and did a good job of kicking the ball back out if nothing was there for him. He also knocked down a 10-footer off the catch.

Stanley Johnson, SF, Mater Dei: Johnson was simply dominant against Bishop Gorman in the championship game. Almost every time he had the ball in his hands he made something good happen, and it made sense why Gary McKnight even let him play a lot of point guard. His pull-up jumper from midrange is a big time weapon for him and while he struggled with Bishop Gorman's size in the paint at the beginning of the game, he eventually figured it out and would fake his defender, get them in the air and then put in the ball for two. Johnson was terrific in transition with his ability to either get to the basket or find the open man and rebounded well on both ends. His tournament MVP award was well-earned.

Cheick Diallo, C, Our Savior New American: This kid was simply a beast all event and Saturday was no different. He was blocking shots and rebounding everything inside. When he got the ball he finished well or was able to draw a foul and get to the line. His motor, size and athleticism are all very high level and it's pretty easy to figure out what kind of a prospect Diallo is. He'll be very heavily recruited.

Leland Green, SG, Redondo Union: You can see the confidence increasing for Green each time out. He's playing hard and driving to the hoop. His effort and athleticism help him come away with steals on defense, while also assisting him in getting to the basket, which he did with success against Sheldon. He also does a nice job as a rebounder for a guard.

Kassoum Yakwe, PF, Our Savior New American: Yakwe once again showed why his ceiling is so high on Saturday. He was a relentless rebounder in the paint due to his size, athleticism and motor. He gets great elevation on his jumper and with such a high release point it's a very difficult shot to guard, as evidenced by the 10-footer he hit against Morgan Park in the second half.

* Rashad Muhammad did a nice job keeping Bishop Gorman in the game at the beginning. He played hard and got to the basket in transition, as well as hitting a key pull-up three-pointer in the first half.

* Stephen Zimmerman didn't get a ton of touches close to the basket and couldn't get the midrange jumper to fall against Mater Dei, but he played hard, blocked shots and never stopped competing. It wasn't his best game but he solidified his status as an elite prospect at this event.

* Saturday may have been 2015 Bishop Gorman post Chase Jeter's best effort of the week. He worked for offensive rebounds and showed some good footwork on offense. Jeter definitely has a bright future.

Rashad Muhammad's first scholarship offer came from Utah State on Saturday.


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